The deceased has been positively identified as Carlos Joseph Charles, DOB 12-3-83, of Sarasota, FL.
(Initial press release from June 28, 2012 at 11:10 p.m.)
On Thursday, June 28, 2012, at 4:05 p.m., a deputy conducted a traffic stop on northbound I-75 near mile marker 148. During the stop, an altercation between the driver of the vehicle and the deputy turned violent resulting in shots fired. The driver of the vehicle, which ended up off the roadway in a clump of trees, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deputy sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital where he is undergoing treatment.
All other occupants of the suspect vehicle have been accounted for and were not injured.
The District 21 Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to confirm cause of death. Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit have assumed the investigation. The identity of the driver is pending positive identification.
The northbound interstate between Bayshore Road and Tucker's Grade remains closed with hope of having at least one lane opened soon.
No other details are available for release at this time.